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History Can’t Strike Twice-Right?

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Wallace Matthews is never afraid to be the bearer of bad news. If you lined up 10 people, and Matthews was one of them, he would find the negative needle in the haystack. This doesn’t mean he isn’t always wrong, but rather difficult to spend a great deal of time around. Fortunately we only have […]

Game 5: Another L for Girardi

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

A night that appeared headed to a ho hum finish turned into a see saw battle and another indictment on Joe Girardi’s bullpen management. All that matters now is the Yankees are coming home needing one win at the Stadium to wrap up their 40th pennant. Sometimes that final game, just like that final out, […]

Don’t Discount The Importance of Quick Finish

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

AJ Burnett has a chance to put a cap on the ALCS tonight. Even if the Yankees lose I believe there is little chance Anaheim can win two games at Yankee Stadium. Of course, I said the same thing in October of 2004 and we know what happened then. Obviously a loss doesn’t kill the […]

Game 4 - Yanks Night of Total Domination

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Final Score Yankees 10, Anaheim 1 6 wins down, 5 more to go for “Girardi’s Minions.” It was a night of total domination by the New York American League club, both on the mound and at the plate, as the Yankees defeated Anaheim 10-1. For the second time in the series, and working on only […]

Familiar Friend Returns

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Darren Oliver pitched a scoreless tenth inning last night. He might not be the most memorable former Met, heck he probably isn’t the first name that comes up when discussing the Angels bullpen, but it got me into remembering how important he was during his one year in New York. He also might be one […]

ALCS Game 1 Roundup

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Final Score Yankees 4, Anaheim 1 4 wins down, 7 more to go for “Girardi’s Minions.” It was a great night for the Yankees last night at the “New House,” as they opened up the ALCS with a 4-1 win over their arch nemesis. CC Sabathia was just superb, allowing just 4 hits in 8 […]

Watch: Peterson on Yanks vs. Angels

Friday, October 16th, 2009

We are nearing game time, but why not get some more analysis from the experts. Rick Peterson over at 3p Sports provided the below analysis on on both teams pitching. You can also listen to Rick talk pitching on my show by downloading his appearance here.

What Yanks Must Do to Win

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Mike Silva made some great points in his ALCS preview on Thursday. Rather than repeat the majority of Mike’s points, I figured I would put forth my five things the Yankees must do in order to beat Anaheim.   1. Slow Anaheim’s Running Game Down Over the past six seasons, runners like Figgins and Aybar […]

Only Matchup That Matters is Rivera vs. Fuentes

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

We will hear about the Angels running game, pesky offense, and their ace John Lackey over the next few days. When you break down both teams they are very even in many areas. They both are great offensive teams. Anaheim relies more on speed versus the Yankees with the long ball. The Yanks middle relief […]

Wagner’s Poor Postseason Results Continue

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Small sample size? Mets fans saw a shaky Billy Wagner during the 2006 playoffs. Going into this afternoon’s contest Wagner had a 9.28 career playoff ERA and a WHIP of 1.8. I realize Jonathan Papelbon was responsible for the inherited runners, and the loss, but Wagner was asked to get three outs in the eighth […]

Playoff Stars Influenced Mets Once Before

Friday, October 9th, 2009

The Yankees were on an October run, a mid season acquisition powered an NL Central team to the playoffs, and a veteran right hander was starring for an American League contender. At the same time the Mets were home after a miserable end to the season. Sound familiar? It was October 2004. That offseason the […]

The Angels are Human

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Yes the Anaheim Angels are just a baseball team. Now that the Yankees have taken two of three from the Halos everyone can breathe a sigh of relief. Although it made for good talk radio, I never felt the Yankees were in trouble of losing their grip on the AL East. Worst case scenario will […]

A Disaster Waiting to Happen Part 3

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Here we go again. The Yankees are going into a collective slide. They have now lost 6 of 10 games and have seen 4 games trimmed off their lead over the past 2 weeks. The Yanks are now 1-3 on the West Coast trip from hell, as they lost another game to the “Asinine Angels […]

Egg Shells, Sterling Player of the Year, Ian Kennedy

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

- Torii Hunter told NY Times Jack Curry that the Yankees appear to be having “having a lot more fun this year” and not “walking on eggshells”. Funny how relaxing and letting the game flow leads to solid results. In the past the Yankees treated the baseball season like it was war. Any outcome short […]

A View Through The Eyes Of A Pessimist

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Call it the pessimist in me, but I am starting to become worried about the Yankees recent play and their chances of hanging on to the AL East lead. I know what you’re thinking here. You’re saying to yourself, “here we go again, Frank is preparing to jump ship.” To the contrary. It’s just that […]